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John McConnell III

John McConnell

Associate Professor

College of Education

“Life is tough, and a good education involves struggle and failure. I look forward to helping students welcome and overcome their obstacles and failures to appreciate education for what it is: not as simply preparation for some job but what life itself is all about.” Dr. McConnell on what he looks forward to in his interactions with students.

PhD, University of Memphis

MAT, University of Memphis

BS, University of Tennessee

Most of my current work involves assessment and accreditation. My background is in continuous program improvement, research design and analysis, descriptive and inferential statistics (including nonparametric testing), psychometric theory and practice, large secondary data set analysis, and the use of predictive modeling and other advanced analytics.

  • Institutional Program Evaluation
  • Teacher Effectiveness and Retention
  • STEM Education
  1. McConnell, J. R., Bruster, B. G., & Smith, V. B. (2019). Predicting teacher effectiveness based on various preservice factors: Implications for higher education and the evaluation of teacher preparation. International Journal of Educational Reform, 28(1) 63-78. doi:10.1177/1056787918824204
  2. Stewart, C. O., McConnell, J. R., Stallings, L. A., & Roscoe, R. D. (2019). Growth mindset: Associations with apprehension, self-perceived competence, and beliefs about public speaking. Basic Communication Course Annual, 31(1), 44-69.
  3. Bouton, B. D., McConnell, J. R., Barquero, L. A., Gilbert, J. K., & Campbell, D. L. (2018). Upside-down response to intervention: A quasi-experimental study. Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 33(4), 229-236. doi:10.1111/ldrp.12171
  4. Lewis, L. O., Thompson, L. W., Brietenmoser, L. R., & McConnell, J. R. (2017). The effects of creative movement on psychiatric outpatient clients. National Dance Society Journal, 2(1), 53-65.
  5. McConnell, J. R. (2017). A model for understanding teachers’ intentions to remain in STEM education. International Journal of STEM Education, 4(7), 1-21. doi:10.1186/s40594-017-0061-8
  6. Stewart, C. O., McConnell, J. R., Stallings, L. A., & Roscoe, R. D. (2017). An initial exploration of students’ mindsets, attitudes, and beliefs about public speaking. Communication Research Reports, 34(2), 180-185. doi:10.1080/08824096.2016.1270821
  7. Stewart, C. O., McConnell, J. R., & Dickerson, D. L. (2017). Socioscientific and epistemic dimensions of support for science: Associations with science education and religiosity. International Journal of Science Education, Part B: Communication and Public Engagement, 7(1), 1-13. doi:10.1080/21548455.2016.1157644
  8. McConnell, J. R. (2016). The increasing ambiguity of race in the United States: Implications for educational policy and practice. Journal of Student Success and Retention, 3(1), 1-14.
  9. Lynch-Alexander, E. M., McConnell, J. R., Sanders, A. R., & Haddy, L. J. (2016). Saving our sons: An investigation of male and minority attrition in teacher education and a model to recruit, retain, and reward. Journal of Interdisciplinary Education, 15(1), 125-142.
  10. Mitchell, A. W., & McConnell, J. R. (2012). A historical review of Contemporary Educational Psychology from 1995 to 2010. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 37(2), 136-147. doi:10.1016/j.cedpsych.2011.11.001
  11. McConnell, J. R. (1999). The ambiguity about death in Japan: An ethical implication for organ procurement. Journal of Medical Ethics, 25(4), 322-324. doi:10.1136/jme.25.4.322